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I'm a middle-aged (if I plan to live to 134) grandmother, retired from full time work, though working as a part-time theatre critic. I foster dogs (usually puppies) for the SPCA and many of my entries end up being about dogs and/or puppy poop. Walt and I raised five children and buried two of them. Our remaining three are married to three fabulous spouses, all of whom I love a lot and we have, of course, the most beautiful grandchild in the world.
This journal started in March of 2000 and I've pretty much updated daily, with very, very few misses, ever since then. (I even wrote an entry on a coin-operated computer in a tiny town in England!)
NO MORE PUPPIES
28 December 2010
Ashley did something terrible to our puppies. When we came home, we didn't have 3 dogs and 3 puppies, we had six DOGS! I swear they have gained a ton in the last 5 days. Max was 13 lbs when we left and almost 14-1/2 lbs today. Even their voices are deeper and they walk like dogs, not puppies. The only thing still the same is that they still try to fit into one teeny bed.
I notice that we have another little bed and they seem to prefer this one, though it is smaller than the other one!
It was a long day. We left Alice Nan's by 10:30 and pulled into the driveway around 10:30. That does not mean that we were 12 hours on the road, though. We started at Tom's, where Bri had to show Auntie Nan her new kitchen.
She and I also spent a long time on Daddy's computer looking at the Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar I'd bought her. Apparently she likes it a lot!
Next we went to visit Tutu (Walt's mother. "Tutu" is the Hawaiian word for Grandma.) But first we stopped at Cathedral Oaks Nursery School, so we could see where Bri goes to school.
...and Jeri & Bri could "drive to Boston."
The visit with Walt's mother went well. She had been pretty sleepy the whole time we were in Santa Barbara, but was more awake today. We were able to get a "4 generations" picture...
...and it was very cute that Bri liked touching and kissing her.
I can remember being taken to see my great grandmother when I was about Bri's age and how terrified I was of the hospital and of my great grandmother. It's a great testament to Tom and Laurel and how often they bring Bri to the hospital--and how they are very sensitive to how those visits go--that make Bri feel comfortable around scary looking old people.
It was after 1 before we were finally on the road for good, but it was a lovely drive. The rain had brought green to the hills.
We pretty much drove straight through, stopping only to have lunch in San Luis Obispo at the Fireside Grill, which Tom had recommended. Great burgers and onion rings!
We left Jeri in Berkeley with friends. She will have a day of visiting there tomorrow and then fly off to Boston in the evening. Ned is there now, visiting Phil, and they'll have a day or so to spend together after Jeri gets home.
Our Christmas season has now come to an end and it's on to 2011.
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